Transforming lives on four continents

BMS 24:7 Update - December 2014

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Have you seen the Introducing Dignity video? Watch the video to find out why we feel taking a stand against gender based violence is so important.
 
Order the Dignity DVD today and join BMS in our efforts to combat gender based violence. Go to: bmsworldmission.org/dignity
 
Africa
 
Eric and Sarah Harris-Bafende with Gabriel and JoachimPray for Eric and Sarah Bafende who will be returning to Guinea with their two children, Gabriel and Joachim, to Labé, at the end of January. 
 
Pray for Joe, Lois and Connie Ovenden as they celebrate their first family Christmas in northern Uganda.
 
Pray for the work of the Ugandan Christian Lawyers Fraternity and for the director, Eunice Nabafu, who will be taking maternity leave during the Christmas period. 
 
Things are progressing with the Guinebor II maternal health project and the first Board of Governance meetings will be held in January 2015 in N’Djamena, Chad
 
Asia
 
Chris and Debbie Drew with Rebekah, Sam, Tabea and Joshua
Chris and Debbie Drew, with their children Rebekah, Sam, Tabea and Joshua, are settling into Kathmandu, Nepal. Pray for ongoing success in language study and for Chris as he begins the role of Nepal Country Director for INF International. 
 
Pray for Simon and Wendy Hall who will return to Nepal in early 2015 to serve as long term workers with the Kathmandu International Study Centre.
 
There are challenges facing Burmese refugees and migrants in Thailand and a high concentration of them live on the rubbish dump in Mae Sot. Pray for the uncertainties facing them for their future in Thailand with the development of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Economic Community in 2015. 
 
Pray for the Action Teams in both Thailand and Nepal, as they contribute to the work, grow in their journey with God and in their understanding of mission.
 
Pray for the retreat in January which is for mission personnel on home assignment. Pray that those attending will be encouraged and refreshed. 
 
Europe
 
Give thanks for the new Executive Director who has been appointed to our partner organisation in Tunisia and pray for the coming period of hand-over. 
 
BMS volunteer Carol Pratt with special needs studentGive thanks for volunteer Carol Pratt’s work this year among special-needs children in Kosovo, and pray for Carol as her only colleague returns to the USA.
 
Give thanks for Supported Partner Worker, Chris Duffett, as he encourages and enables people to go beyond the walls of the church and get involved in Kingdom work in their communities. Pray for him as he continues his ministry in the UK.
 
Relief work
Pray for the joint Baptist agency consultation on collaborative disaster relief responses which BMS will host in January 2015.
 
Volunteers
 
Please pray for Natasha Ridout working with the Haiti Hospital Appeal as she gets to grips with the language and new culture.
 
Pray for the safe return of many volunteers flying back home to celebrate Christmas with family and friends.
 
Opportunities
 
Please continue to pray for people to serve long term with BMS in some of the most marginalised and least evangelised countries in the world. Though many have answered the call, there are a few positions that still need filling. We are looking for:
 
  • Highly qualified TEFL teachers and science higher education academics for China 
  • Surgeons for Chad
  • Palliative care doctors and social workers for Tunisia
  • Development workers and project managers for Afghanistan
 

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